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Hipkins fails to front on decile-scrapping bill

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has refused to meet with Erica Stanford to discuss her Member’s Bill to replace the decile system with a needs index to more accurately target funding...


Child exploitation investigators to be slashed

The Government’s need to put Winston Peters first might be responsible for a major reduction in the number of inspectors charged with investigating child sex offences, National’s Finance Spokesperson Amy...


The time to legalise vaping is now

The New Zealand Initiative’s report on tobacco harm reduction further highlights the urgent need for vaping legalisation, National MP Nicky Wagner says. “Smoke and Vapour: The changing world of tobacco...


Govt at fault for social housing waitlist increase

The Government’s axing of tenancy reviews and lack of support for social housing tenants wanting to move out of Auckland is ramping up pressure on the social housing waiting list,...


High expectations for education budget

Parents and teachers will be expecting a lot from the Budget following Labour’s many big promises, National’s Education Spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. “After spending the last few years criticising everything...


Farmer suicide research not a priority for Govt

A release of official documents confirms the Ardern-Peters Government does not consider further research into farmer suicide to be a high priority, National’s Associate Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says....


Triple whammy broken promise on extra police

Budget 2018 looks set to be the Budget of Broken Promises, with the Government not only downsizing its promise of 1800 extra cops to 1100, but it’s also looking to...


KiwiBuild prices climbing faster then market

The Government has hiked the price of its three-bedroom KiwiBuild houses in Auckland by 8 per cent, or $50,000, in spite of average house prices growing by less than 1...


Fact check: number of judges has not decreased

It is wrong to suggest that the former Government had somehow created a crisis in the judiciary and that the number of District Court judges had decreased, Shadow Attorney General...


MP encourages farmers to attend MPI meeting

MP for Wairarapa, Alastair Scott is encouraging farmers within the Wairarapa electorate to attend this week’s Ministry of Primary Industries meeting in Pahiatua. “Following last week’s confirmation a farm near...